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Comedy Workshop: Creating & Writing Comedy Material for Comedians & Humorous Speakers

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  • Posted July 3, 2012

    This is a great small book. Sounds like a contradiction but bec

    This is a great small book. Sounds like a contradiction but because the book is focused on one aspect of the comedy business, writing your material, it is both small and a great asset.
    A lot of books try to cover it all. I've read Dave Schwensens's other books and he does that very thing and does it well. They're wonderful reads, but there is so much to think about that you can get overwhelmed...and do nothing.
    By focusing on a single aspect of the business, and one of the most important, "Creating and Writing Comedy Material" gives the reader and prospective writer both the motivation and the ability to get material down on paper...or computer...or that it can eventually be worked into a great routine or talk.
    Dave has been around the business a long time and is a great coach. That coaching voice is all through this book, encouraging and directing the reader to take the next step with specific "try this idea" tips that will get any comic wannabe doing the right things to become a comedy pro.
    If you read the book and do the work, you will end up with the material you need to succeed to the best of your ability either in standup or as a humorous speaker.

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  • Posted July 2, 2012

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    A Valuable Writer's Guide

    As a keynote speaker and humorist, I've found the the author's previous books on the comedy business to be essential reading. You can now add "Comedy Workshop" to that list. Like the title says, this book concentrates on writing comedy material. Instead of offering tired and over done formulas for constructing jokes and humorous stories, this book is about exploring your personal sense of humor and creativity. It's also about how to organize and use these talents to develop a stand up comedy set or add humor to a presentation. The tips are usesful for anyone starting out or already working but sometimes suffering from dreaded writer's block. Easy to read, entertaining and good advice.

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